Added on 17-Sep-2010
The film which all Hollywood has been hotly pursuing is finally on track to be made â€“ it is the Freddie Mercury story, this week announced by GK Films in partnership with Robert De Niroâ€™s and Jane Rosenthalâ€™s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.
Twice Academy Award Nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan (â€œThe Queen,â€ â€œFrost/Nixonâ€), is already at work on the script of the currently untitled film, which will feature Academy Award Nominee Sacha Baron Cohen in the starring role.
Baron Cohen will play the legendary front man of the iconic rock band Queen, and the currently untitled drama will focus on the years leading up to Queenâ€™s appearance at the historic Live Aid concert, 1985, when the band famously took the event by storm.
Production is set to begin in 2011. GK Filmâ€™s Graham King said today, â€œQueen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself. Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role coupled with Peterâ€™s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success.â€
Baron Cohen is currently starring in Martin Scorseseâ€™s â€œHugo Cabretâ€œ, also produced by GK Films. His recent credits have included â€œSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetâ€ and his â€œBrunoâ€ and â€œBoratâ€ feature films based on characters from his British TV series â€œDa Ali G Show.â€ Baron Cohen was nominated for an Academy Award for his Adapted Screenplay for â€œBoratâ€ as well as winning the Golden Globe for his performance in the comedy feature. He has also won two BAFTAâ€™s for his work on â€œDa Ali G Show.â€ Baron Cohen is currently writing and plans to star in an Untitled/Goat Herder feature film for Paramount Pictures.
Peter Morgan has seen his career go from strength to strength over recent years. In addition to his Academy Award nominated credits he also recently wrote the acclaimed â€œThe Last King of Scotland â€œstarring Forest Whitaker who won the Academy Award for Best Male Actor, â€The Other Boleyn Girlâ€ and â€œThe Damned Unitedâ€ as well as his Emmy nominated TV dramas â€œThe Special Relationshipâ€ and â€œLongford.â€ His current film â€œHereafterâ€ directed by Clint Eastwood is set for its theatrical release through Warner Bros. Pictures following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Queen have sold over 170 million albums and scored countless number one albums and singles around the world including such classics as â€˜We Will Rock Youâ€™, â€˜We are the Champions, â€˜Another One Bites the Dustâ€™, â€˜Radio Ga Gaâ€™, and, of course, â€˜Bohemian Rhapsodyâ€™.
Queenâ€™s smash hit stage musical â€œWe Will Rock You â€œ continues to pack the 2,000 seat Dominion Theatre in Londonâ€™s West End nightly, 9 years after its opening, and with additional productions springing up around the world has now been seen by more than 11 million people.
Sacha Baron Cohen is repped by WmE Entertainment. Peter Morgan is repped by United Talent in the US and Independent Talent Group in the UK.